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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tata Steel Chess: Aronian Leads; Harikrishna beats Nakamura


Second-highest rated Indian, Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna has clocked two straight wins in Rounds 8 and 9 beating Hikaru Nakamura and Arkadij Naiditsch. Meanwhile, Armenia's Levon Aronian - the world no. 2 - retains lead a full 1.5 points ahead of the rest of the field.
 
Gary Kasparov will open Round 10 in Wijk aan Zee on Saturday and also be in the commentary room. -- Official website
Earlier, in Round 4, the Indian Grandmaster drew with Loek van Wely. In Round 5 Harikrishna lost to Anish Giri and allowed Fabiano Caruana to escape with a draw in Round 6. Harikrishna lost to Richard Rapport in Round 7, but returned to pick up two straight wins in Round 8 and 9. 

World No. 2 Levon Aronian continues to lead the group and is set to win the title with only two rounds to go. 
 
 
 
 
The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is taking place January 10-26, 2014 in two groups (instead of the traditional three), with twelve players in each, instead of fourteen. Two rounds will be played in Amsterdam and Eindhoven. 

Standings after Round 9

1. Levon Aronian 7
2. Anish Giri
3. Fabiano Caruana
4. Leinier Dominguez
5. Sergey Karjaki all at 5.5
6. Pentala Harikrishna 
7. Wesley So both at 5.0
8. Loek van Wely 4.5
9. Richard Rapport
10. Hikaru Nakamura both at 3.5
11. Boris Gelfand 2.4
12. Arkadij Naiditsch 1.5

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